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Badal urges Munda to ensure coal supply from Jharkhand

Posted on Nov 28, 07:55PM | UNI

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged his Jharkhand counterpart Arjun Munda, seeking his personal intervention to immediately resume the coal supply by resolving the deadlock due to ongoing political agitation at the earliest to avert the closure of thermal power plants in the state.

In a letter to the Jharkhand Chief Minister, Mr Badal asked him to use his good offices to resolve the issue at the earliest to pave a way for the smooth and uninterrupted supply of coal to Punjab, which had been currently halted due to ongoing political agitation, so that the power scenario which has been adversely hit due to non supply of coal could not be further allowed to deteriorate.

It may be recalled that Pachwara (Central) coal block in Pakkur district of Jharkhand allotted to PSEB (now PSPCL) in the year 2002 has been developed and was being operated by M/s Panem Coal Mines Ltd, a joint venture company of PSEB and M/s EMTA Coal Limited.

Mr Badal apprised the Jharkhand Chief Minister that the captive coal block met substantial part of requirement of coal for thermal power stations of Punjab adding that on an average, PSPCL thermal power stations have been receiving 5-6 coal rakes daily but the supplies have been disrupted recently due to local agitation.